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Today's News

  • Midtown students Pink Out in support of breast cancer awareness

    Midtown Elementary School students and faculty show support for breast cancer awareness with a recent Pink Out, during which they wore pink and formed the breast-cancer awareness pink ribbon on the playground.

    The event was a way for the Healthy School team leaders to involve the students and faculty to remind their loved ones of the importance of receiving an annual mammogram and to remind the community to get involved and take a stand against breast cancer.

  • Clayton’s Lesson prayer, balloon release set Nov. 10

    Those who have suffered from the negative effects of drug abuse — as well as those who have given thanks that the negative effects of drug abuse haven’t entered into their life — are welcome to join family and friends of Clayton Smith and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition for a special prayer and balloon release.

    The event will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Smith’s gravesite at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. The gravesite is at the bottom left side of the evergreen cross that can be seen from Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP doesn’t grasp economics, and never will

    Many of the Republicans who are so overwrought on the issue of the national deficit and resulting national debt claim that this is a moral issue.

    In other words, to function on deficit spending and accumulating debt is an immoral activity.

    To some of them it is a sin, bordering on being a crime.

  • New Rockwood armory a priority

    Rockwood might be getting a new National Guard Armory building in the next few years.

    Maj. Gen. Terry M. “Max” Haston, Tennessee’s 75th Adjutant General, came to tour properties in Rockwood last week.

    He also stopped in to talk to Rockwood Civitan Club.

    “It is a lengthy process, but this is the first step toward that,” said state Sen. Ken Yager. “It will take us a few years, but we are going to have an armory.”

  • Smoot accused of stalking

    A Knox County woman claims she’s being stalked by accused murderer Shawn Smoot.

    Kimberly N. Isenberg was granted a temporary order of protection against him in Knox County Circuit Court on Monday.

    “I fear that Shawn is stalking me, and I am afraid,” Isenberg said in court documents.

    Smoot has a first-degree murder charge pending in Roane County Criminal Court for the 2011 death of Brooke Nicole Morris. He’s out on bond in that case.

  • Muzzleloader season opens Saturday

     

    Tennessee’s muzzleloader/archery season for deer opens on Saturday, Nov. 9 and continues through Friday, Nov. 22 in all three of Tennessee’s deer hunting units, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

  • OSMS rolls past Norwood

     

    Tuesday night, the Norwood Lady Jaguars found themselves running into a purple and gold juggernaut in the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats as the Lady ’Cats rocked and rolled to a 45-8 triumph.

    The Lady 'Cats used a 19-2 first period and a 9-1 second period to take a 28-3 halftime lead.

  • Coffey signs with Milligan College

     

    Roane County High School senior Rachel Coffey said she didn’t sleep much Monday night. That’s because she knew on Tuesday she was going to fulfill a lifelong dream by signing scholarship papers to play softball at Milligan College.

  • Playoffs being Friday night for Roane teams

     

    High school football’s second season kicks off Friday night as three Roane County teams open play in the TSSAA playoffs.

    Harriman, Rockwood and Midway all qualified for the playoffs. Two of the three, Harriman and Rockwood, will hit the road Friday night while Midway will be playing at home.

  • Leon Houston acquitted on federal weapons charge

    Leon Houston has been acquitted of a federal weapons charge by a federal jury. "Praise God," Houston shouted when the judge read the verdict in U.S. District Court in Knoxville Wednesday. Houston acted as his own attorney in the trial, which began Monday. He was accused of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.